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Reverence and Joy:Program Notes

March 12, 2020 - 12:36pm -- Michele Berman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Te Deum                                                                                             

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

 

In the last fifteen years of his life, Anton Bruckner composed his final three symphonies, numbers 7 through 9, and his final large-scale sacred choral works, the Te Deum and Psalm 150. Symphony No. 7 brought Bruckner his first real success, and it remains one of his most popular and most performed works. Bruckner was still working on Symphony No. 9 when he died, and it was left unfinished.

Celebrating Amy Beach

October 27, 2017 - 12:41pm -- Michele Berman

From the Newton Tab November 25, 2017:

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8 pm, Commonwealth Chorale celebrates the extraordinary legacy of America’s first woman composer, Amy Beach, with a performance of her Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Opus 5.

Music Director David Carrier conducts the acclaimed New England Philharmonic, the Chorale, and soloists Dana Lynne Varga, Soprano; Vera Savage, Mezzo-soprano; Matthew Anderson, Tenor; and Sean Galligan, Baritone in this large-scale, Romantic style piece.

“Triumph and Homecoming”: a Tour de Force.

September 3, 2017 - 11:17am -- Michele Berman

Commonwealth Chorale presents “Triumph and Homecoming”, part of Newton’s Festival of the Arts, Saturday, May 13, 2017 8 pm, at Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton.

 Music Director David Carrier has chosen four composers, four unique styles that bring drama, nostalgia and simple joy to the concert’s theme:  Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang, with acclaimed soprano Dana Lynne Varga in the title role; Brahms’ Drei Quartette, about longing for homeland and loves lost; Grainger’s Brig Fair from British Folk-Song Settings; and Copland’s minstrel and Shaker themes from Old American Songs.

Anybody That Performs My Work Is A Hero.

May 1, 2014 - 12:00am -- Michele Berman

Patricia Van Ness and Newton Choral Society together again.

Poet and composer Patricia Van Ness sits in the chancel of Eliot church and listens to Newton Choral Society rehearse the piece she wrote for them 6 years earlier. Nocturnes will be repeated in the upcoming final concert of the season, Saturday, May 20, and Van Ness will be there.  It’s all part of the Society’s 30th anniversary celebration.  But tonight the composer is at work.  She is here to decide if she likes the changes she has made to the original.

Gotta Go!

February 18, 2014 - 2:48pm -- Michele Berman

So excited to have our upcoming concert highlighted in the March issue of Newton Life Magazine. This concert features Jewish Liturgical Music by Ernest Bloch, soloist Rick Lawrence, and organist Frederick MacArthur.

From the March issue of Newton Life Magazine:

NCS Newsletter September 2013

September 2, 2013 - 11:37am -- Michele Berman

NCS Newsletter September 2013

From the Top:

Music Director David Carrier has announced the Newton Choral Society’s 2013-2014 concert season. (See sidebar “upcoming events.”) Our 38th season, “Journeys of Transformation,” surveys innovations in sacred music across the centuries. As always, NCS will bring you some of Boston’s favorite soloists and instrumentalists.

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